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1961: The year of the dynasty

In Page 2's tour of the most memorable sports years, Jonah Keri looks at the greatest year for sports dynasties, 1961.

Updated: July 31, 2008, 9:20 PM ET
By Jonah Keri | Special to Page 2

Any number of events can make a sports year memorable. A major scandal, a bad bounce in a huge game or a dunderheaded decision for the ages can be enough. But one sports year stands out for nothing more than sheer greatness. That's 1961, the year of the dynasty.

You could trace the New York Yankees' dynasty back to 1936, when Joe DiMaggio took over for Babe Ruth as the team's main attraction and ushered in a new era, one that saw the Bronx Bombers win four World Series ...

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